Monday, 17 December, 2018

After Jerusalem decision, U.S. moves to slash United Nations budget

TAKING NAMES’ U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley above yesterday hailed the decision to slash the U.N. budget by $285 million days after the U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution declaring President Trump After Jerusalem decision, U.S. moves to slash United Nations budget
Melinda Barton | 29 December, 2017, 18:11

In a statement, the mission said the United States had negotiated $285 million in cost savings as well as reducing "bloated" management and support functions.

She added that the United Nations had a history of being inefficient and of overspending: "This historic reduction in spending - in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable U.N. - is a big step in the right direction".

USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that the "inefficiency and overspending" of the organization is well-known, and she would not let 'the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of'.

Haley said overspending within the organization is well-known, and that she would not let "the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked".

"This historic reduction in spending - in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable United Nations - is a big step in the right direction".

"These cuts are positive news for the U.S. -U.N. relationship", said Peter Yeo, head of advocacy for the United Nations Foundation, which supports U.N. causes, noting they were not imposed unilaterally but in negotiations with member states.

"The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the U.N. and its agencies", Haley at the time.

Bathsheba Crocker who was the head of the State Department office responsible for global organizations under the Obama administration tweeted: "This is all so misleading, the USA fights hard, together with other countries, every year to cut United Nations budget & regularly does".

Haley warned that she would report back to Trump with the names of those countries that support the resolution rejecting the United States recognition.

Ahead of the general assembly vote, Haley announced the United States was "taking names" of those voting against the USA, and afterward, she held a party where the only countries invited were nations that did not support the resolution on Jerusalem.

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly defied U.S. warnings and voted Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Mrs Haley continued: "When we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations, and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit". Unlike at the Security Council, the USA has no veto power in the assembly. "We do this because it represents who we are".

Trump campaigned in part on a pledge to reduce United States commitments overseas, and Haley entered her post questioning the value of the US' funding of the UN.

The President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, said he made the decision after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Nine countries voted against the resolution, including Israel, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Togo, and 35 abstained, including the six European Union member states Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Latvia.